Presentations | 2016 Developmental Disabilities Family Resources Conference

Opening General Session

Home & Community-Based Services: What the New Regulations (Really) Mean


Nicole Jorwic, Director of Rights Policy, The Arc of the United States

 

Session 1

Advocacy Tips: Getting what your child needs for the best education possible


Vanessa DiCarlo, Advocate, Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC
Andrea O’Brien, Advocate, Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC

Tips for Transition Success


Betty Schoen, Region 1 Transition Specialist, Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration – Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Partnering to Promote Employment


Margaret Corcoran, Employment Services Manager, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Susan Voirol, Phoenix Program Manager/Transition Initiatives and Employment First, Sonoran
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Janet Holt, Director of Special Education Services, Cave Creek Unified School District #93
Gina Griffiths, Program Director, Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services (STARS)
Mark Jacoby, Executive Director, Gompers Habilitation Center

Maintaining a Healthy Marriage: Keeping the Family Together While Caring for Children with I/DD


Kelly & Ray Morris, Founders, Dads 4 Special Kids

 

Session 2

Navigating the School System: Perspectives on Educational Issues from Elementary, Middle, and High School
(No Presentation Available)

Facilitator: Susan Unok Marks, JD, PhD, BCBA-D, Northern Arizona University/Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC
Panelists:
–Sarah & Mike McTighe: transition from preschool to Kindergarten
–Lisa Montez: transition from elementary to middle school
–Lisa & Don Bricker: transition from middle to high school
–Nancy & Lon Licht: transitioning out of high school/adulthood

Transition Services: IEPs and Work Experiences in High School

Ginny Dauler-Phinney, Transition Specialist, Scottsdale Unified School District

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for School and Work


Erica McFadden, Senior Policy Analyst, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

Knowing the Options within Higher Education


Christina Bolyard, MEd, Manager of Disability Services & Resources, Rio Salado College

 

Session 3

Tips for Fostering Self-Determination Throughout Schooling


Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; Co-
Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Getting Ready for College: What Can We Do Now?


Pamela Grady, Manager of Disability Services and Resources, Estrella Mountain Community College

I Can Work – Success Stories from Panel of Self-Advocates


Melissa Ann Santora, Director of Administration, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
Self Advocates:
Caleb Abbott
Kevin McGee
Carrie Raabe
Mateo TreeTop
Michelle Verrico

Financial Realities & Lifespan Planning Tools


Karen Starbowski, MassMutual SpecialCare Planning Team

 

Session 4

Positive Behavior Support Training for Families


Janna Murrell, Director of Family Support and Education, Raising Special Kids

Guardianship: When is it Appropriate – and What Are Its Alternatives?


Susan Unok Marks, JD, PhD, BCBA-D, Northern Arizona University/Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC
JJ Rico, Executive Director, Arizona Center for Disability Law

The Right Tools for the Job: A Bold New World of Assistive Technology


Jill Pleasant, Program Director, Arizona Technology Assistance Program/Institute for Human Development
Heidi Lervik, Assistive Technology Specialist, Arizona Technology Assistance Program/Institute for Human Development

Person Centered Planning as the Foundation of Lifelong Growth


Melissa Ann Santora, Director of Administration, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
Jacy Farkas, Project Director – Person-Centered Initiative, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities